The winter solstice, 21 st December and for the first time in many years we have a lunar eclipse on the auspicious day in the pagan calendar. Christmas is under attack with the politically correct thought police banning everything that might offend muslims and scientists saying Christmas Cards are unscienttific but us pagans have a way of surviving.
Solstice Fires (yuletide/Christmas poem)
Solstice fires burn bright as newborn stars
shedding warmth where frost - wolf's icy breath
silvers streams, kisses each leafless branch,
making the eternal mother yield.
Frosted buds glitter like frozen tears
as nature mourns the mother's little death;
dark demons spread a heavy shroud to blanch
colour from the woodland, heath and field.
But of each thing a little spark, preserved
and tended by the ones who serve the flame
survives to light embryo season's birth,
'til life returns one more, vibrant and green.
Reaching higher each day the pale sun curves,
not strong enough to set the sky aflame.
So while nature languishes in dearth,
this darkest night the solstice fires burn.
The reference here to "frost -wolf" perhaps needs clarification as in many ancient mythologies of the northern lands there are wolf myths connected with winter and long dark nights. This reference is actually to the names of the full moons. The wolf moon is the last full moon of the pagan year (in this part of the world at least) and so its "icy breath" is the air during the long nights around solstice.
Names of the full moon through the year:
January, Cold moon; February, Snow moon; March, Sap or worm moon; April, Blossom moon May, Flower moon; June, Strawberry or rose moon; July ,Buck moon; (Male deer, or bucks, grow their first antlers during this month); August, Salmon moon; September, Harvest or corn moon;
October,Hunter's moon; November, Beaver moon (no jokes please); December, Wolf or hunger moon; If anyone is wondering about the blue moon, that occurs when there are two full moons in a single calendar months - the second is a blue moon.
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|Reviewed by Kate Burnside
|I am someone who counts the days until the winter solstice is over and I can start counting daylight minutes again... But you almost make me fall in love with that delicate and beautiful poise and balance that belongs to the ice-fire of dark nights. A beautiful depth to this poem, Ian, and the imagery is sharp and telling. I wish you joy in your current celebrations as the December hunger is assuaged! All the best for the coming year, too. Kate xx|
|Reviewed by Rose Limongi
|I loved this!!! I learned, I mourned, I laughed! Well done! Born under the Hunter's moon, see now that's information that's helpful to know in life!!!
Ok, I'm heading over for a proper cup of tea!!! :)
Joyous and safe holidays my friend.
|Reviewed by Theresa Koch
|Lovely weaving of the written word~*
Have a beautiful Holiday Season!
|Reviewed by A PAX
|wow..........this a beauty|
|Reviewed by Nordette Adams
|You do the do that you do so well. A most ancient festival, celebration of the winter solstice, as we know, has never died. It contains some beautiful messages for humanity to rejoice in life and renewal and much of its imagery and symbolism has been incorporated into "Christmas" decor, which is why some my fundamentalist Christian brethren do not celebrate Christmas. They contend it remains a "pagan" holiday. ;-)
I just read Gerald Stern's poem "Loyal Carp" in The Atlantic Monthly. The last line is "that was muck enough for one life." ROFL You know, it's always something. Sticky..sticky!
Love you, Ian.
Nordette aka Solstice7000 (remind me to tell you about that name)
|Reviewed by Sandie Angel
This poem is filled with wonderful imageries. Good job on this one.
Like that new pic of yours in the BIO too. :)
Sandie Angel a.k.a. Sandie May Angel :o)
|Reviewed by ♥ Kari Hirshey ♥ (Reader)
|I really enjoyed reading this poem, Ian; such great imagery, and I also found the information you provided to be quite intruguing.. Great write..
|Reviewed by Kate Clifford
|I do enjoy doing poetry connected with information like this. Thank you for such a great sharing of words and how this write came about. In my story area I will post a write I did a while back ago that I think you might enjoy, humor connected with the blue moon :-). If its not there by the end of today, Dec. 18 I was unable to find it. Thanks for such an interesting read full of nature!|
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|A most à propos creation, Ian. Thank you for sharing this offering. Love and peace. Regis|
|Reviewed by Mary Quire
|Nicely done. I love the poem and I thank you so much for the bit of information you left about the moons. I really enjoyed this one.
|Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
|Interestingly So Different Write Right!
|Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader)
|I liked this one too and your description of the months moons was very interesting.|
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Beautiful poem Ian!!
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|Faultless imagery in this exquisite piece. Thanks for the moon info too!|
|Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader)
|A beautiful and educational write, greatly enjoyed.|
|Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen
|A delicate, beautiful piece, Ian. The images in the first verse are superb! These lines were so vivid in my mind, I wanted to touch the frozen tear buds with my fingers to feel the cold fear of death...
"Frosted buds glitter like frozen tears
as nature mourns the mother's little death"
And, thank you for the 'Moon names'. I found them intriguing, and I matched their names to the months with enjoyment.
Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen